Jack Roeser and Ben Joravsky.
Political Shootout Sunday will feature Jack Roeser (no relation), well-known conservative, founder of Otto Engineering in Carpentersville and also of Family Taxpayers
along with a first-timer, one of the best journalists covering Chicagoa man whose work I have admired for many yearsBen Joravsky of The Reader. Joravsky, a dogged researcher, has brought the issue of TIFs (Tax Increment Financing) to the fore in his savvy, knowledgeable columns in The Reader. At first glance you would say there are no two people more diverse than Roeser and Joravsky
and maybe thats rightbut both are hardy independents who are not afraid of challenging the prevailing system. Thats Roeser and Joravsky this Sunday at 8 p.m. WLS-AM (890).
Fr. Daniel McCormack, the child abuser, got five years. Even with the maximum of seven, he would be out of prison for good behavior in 18 months. Do you mean to tell me that if they picked up a lay creep lurking in an alley someplace
with a record of having abused five kids
they would have given him five yearseven of a first-time offense? I dont think so
but I can understand the reluctance of the boys parents not to have their children undergo the nightmare of having to testify in detail. The sentencing guideline ought to be stricter. Much more so.
All the same, my friends, did you read the Sun-Times story carefully? Colleen Dolan (shes the jumbo-sized, white-haired super-Mom press spokesperson for the archdiocese who just happened to materialize overnight out of thin air: from where? Who hired her? Whats her credentials? Whered she come from? Who does she report to?) had this to say to the press.
Hes not been accused of rape. Never. Theres a big difference between abuse and assault. It wasnt assault which is a more egregious crime.
To which Fr. Thomas Doyle, author of Sex, Priests and Secret Codes responded: Theres no distinction for the victims. If its a sexual intrusion on a victim by a priest, its devastating.
Why didnt she say this?
I understand the distinction between rape and assault but to me this cosmetics-type statement on the distinctions still shows that they dont get it over on Superior street. The entire story of Dan McCormack is one of favoritism in the seminary, of lost records that could have proved someone was almost criminally delinquent about this guy, the failure to notify Cardinal George after he was charged although the Cardinal was on retreat at Mundelein.
I want to tell you the sense of urgency and importance is still not at Superior street. Bureaucracy rules. The point is, my dear Colleen Dolan, that kids have a right to trust a priest no matter whether it is abuse and non-rape
trust a priest from pulling down their pants and fondling them. This parsing of distinctions makes me ill.
Sneed has in her column the mention that possibly McCormack was on a vacation just before the sentencing with a high archdiocesan official.
Her sources on stories of clerical abuse are pretty accurate. They come from a highly bona fide source.
Rep. Mark Kirk, afraid of his own shadow in his North Shore district, still doesnt understand. The establishment Republican who has turned tail on his previous national security record in order to get reelected in 2008
so as to be a careerist
believes that Scooter Libby should not have had a commutation. Presidential pardons and commutations do not overrule the system, Mark. The pardon system is part of the system, designed by the founders to temper justice with mercy. Pardoning people who are not qualified is something each president has to wrestle withbut the power to pardon or commute is not extra-legal. Why cant he get that through his noggin?
As for me, I think Bush should have gone the whole way and pardoned Libby. No less a prosecutor than Rudy Giuliani has said that offenses discovered peripheral to the central charge
if not germane
are regularly passed over. Bush may yet grant a full pardon, of course. Well see.
Pop Music Trivia.
All right, forsake the search engines. This is a pop song from World War II, P. S. I Love You words by Johnny Mercer, music by Gordon Jenkins. (Frank Nofsinger should know it). The lyrics purport to be part of a letter from a young wife to her World War II husband. Finish the appropriate lines. Remember the honor systems on.
Dear, I thought Id drop a line/
The weathers cool, the folks are fine/
P. S., I love you.
Yesterday we had some rain/
But, all in all, I cant complain/
P. S., I love you.
Write to the Browns just as soon as youre able/
They came around to call/
And, let me see, I guess thats all.
Nothing else for me to say/
And so Ill close, but by the way/
P. S., I love you.