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  • Ditka calls Obama 'the worst president we've ever had'

    03/04/2016 7:40:36 AM PST · by simpson96 · 36 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | March 4, 2016 | Chris De Luca
    Former Bears coach Mike Ditka, who has repeatedly voiced his support for Donald Trump to the Chicago Sun-Times, blasted President Obama during a radio appearance Thursday."Obama is the worst president we've ever had," Ditka told hosts Sid Rosenberg and Bernard McGuirk during an appearance on their morning show on WABC-AM in New York.Ditka, who guided the 1985 Bears to a Super Bowl victory, questioned Obama’s skills as a leader. "Barack Obama's a fine man. I mean, he's pleasant," Ditka said. "He would be great to play golf with. He's not a leader. This country needs leadership. It needs direction. It...
  • Nastiness threatens online reader comments (Liberals don't like being told they suck)

    11/07/2015 12:58:43 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 38 replies ^ | 11/7/2015 | Rob Lever
    Washington (AFP) - The Internet was supposed to facilitate better exchange between the public and news media. But vile and hateful comments changed all that. In the face of rising vitriol -- attacks, bigotry and general nastiness -- news organizations are increasingly throwing in the towel on online comments. Last month, Vice Media's Motherboard news site turned off reader comments, saying "the scorched earth nature of comments sections just stifles real conversation." It instead began taking "letters to the editor" to be screened by staff. Vox Media's online news site The Verge said in July it was "turning off comments...
  • Exonerated man files $40 million lawsuit against Northwestern University (Innocence Project)

    02/19/2015 10:58:39 AM PST · by jalisco555 · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/17/15 | Suzannah Gonzales
    A wrongfully convicted man filed a $40 million lawsuit on Tuesday against Northwestern University, a former journalism professor, a private investigator and an attorney, accusing them of framing him for a double murder to get another man released. Alstory Simon, 64, of Ohio, claims in the lawsuit that he was the victim of unethical tactics by a team focused on freeing another man in what became a celebrated Illinois wrongful conviction case. Simon was imprisoned in 1999 after confessing to the 1982 murder of two people in a park, and spent more than 15 years behind bars before he was...
  • Can Illinois' Bruce Rauner Turn Around Nation's Worst Fiscal Mess?

    01/14/2015 11:36:18 AM PST · by raptor22 · 27 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 14. 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    State Government: Bruce Rauner became Illinois' 42nd governor on Monday, the first Republican since 2003. He inherits a state that's been dubbed "America's Greece," but it's another opportunity to show what a GOP chief executive can do. A big part of the GOP tsunami in 2014 occurred at the state level, with Republicans expanding their hold on governors' mansions and legislatures with wins in blue states such as Maryland, Massachusetts and President Obama's Illinois. The number of GOP governors has grown to 31 from 21, control of legislatures has expanded to 68 of 98 partisan legislative chambers, and Republicans now...
  • Meeks says Rauner Administration to implement Common Core curriculum

    01/13/2015 11:15:09 PM PST · by Springfield Reformer · 15 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | January 13, 2015
    CHICAGO - In one of his first public interviews since being picked by new Governor Bruce Rauner to be the state's new school superintendent, Rev. James Meeks told WLS 890 AM this morning that he intends to implement the Common Core curriculum in the state's schools. Meeks, a Democrat, headed the Illinois Senate Education Committee while he was a state senator serving his Chicago-based district. He continues to pastor the 15,000-member Salem Baptist Church and has become an advocate of school choice over the years. ...
  • Illinois Governor Backs Away From No Tax Hike Pledge

    01/12/2015 10:14:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 48 replies ^ | January 12, 2015 | Mike Shedlock
    It's par for the course for politicians to back away from campaign pledges. But one might have at least expected that Republicans would not consider tax hikes. Unfortunately, even that modest assumption is suspect as Governor Rauner Set to Inherit Illinois' Sea of Red Ink. Illinois faces a sea of red ink because shrinking income tax revenue will fail to keep pace with rising pension and health insurance costs, according to outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn's latest three-year budget forecast. The projections from the Office of Management and Budget warn that the estimated $4.1 billion bill backlog expected at the close...
  • New Illinois GOP governor to deal with worst fiscal mess in the nation

    01/12/2015 8:08:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/12/2015 | Rick Moran
    Illinois's new Republican governor, Bruce Rauner, will be sworn in today, and he is facing what most experts agree to be the worst fiscal crisis of any state in the nation. The Democrat-controlled legislature simply can't restrain itself.  That, and a pension time bomb set to go off in the next few years, swamping the state's finances, makes Rauner's job the most challenging of any new governor elected in November. Some of the numbers in this Reuter's report are incredible: Pension payments are projected to jump to nearly $7.6 billion in fiscal 2016 from $6.8 billion this fiscal year....
  • Think Twice About Illinois’s Crony Republican Governor-Elect

    11/07/2014 7:20:10 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 149 replies
    With Bruce Rauner’s election in Illinois, the Republican Governor’s Association has checked this bluer-than-blue state off its Democrat tick list. It must feel good—but I’m less than sanguine. For the better part of a year, powerful Chicago Democrats have been whispering in my ear, extolling Rauner’s virtues. I heard similar insider political “chatter” about Barack Obama from these same Democrats long before he ran for U.S. Senate. Even the left-leaning Chicago Sun-Times suddenly changed its no-endorsement policy to back Rauner — and only Rauner — without even the basic formality of a candidate questionnaire or interview.
  • DNC Chair Fails To Respond To Governor Pat Quinn’s Racist Tweets

    04/25/2014 2:43:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    RedState ^ | April 25, 2014 | Caleb Howe
    Last week, Democrat Governor of Illinois Pat Quinn, via Twitter, promoted and, presumably therefore associated himself with, an article from the Chicago Sun Times that compared being a black Republican to being a Nazi collaborator. Eventually, as Greta outlines in the clip below, the tweets were deleted on the grounds that it was offensive to Jews. [3:06 video clip] From the offending column: As a general rule, individuals will sell out the interests of their groups in return for personal benefit. It isn’t just a black thing. Jews collaborated with the Nazis during World War II, helping them to round...
  • Chicago Sun-times First Major US Paper to Accept Bitcoins

    04/04/2014 2:58:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    CIO ^ | 4/4/2014 | Tim Hornyak
    The Chicago Sun-Times is now accepting bitcoins as payment for subscription, becoming the first major U.S. newspaper to take the digital currency.The paper's goal is to keep evolving with changing technology, and accepting bitcoin payments is one way it is trying to stay digitally focused, Editor-in-Chief Jim Kirk said in a release.The Sun-Times has a "digital-first" strategy that led it to experiment with a bitcoin paywall for a one-day period in February.It had partnered with San Francisco-based micropayments startup Bitwall so readers could donate bitcoin or tweets on Twitter to benefit an organization called the Taproot Foundation, which pairs professionals...
  • Mainstream Media Runs Away from Democratic Chinatown Gangster/Gun-Controller Story

    03/29/2014 9:02:48 PM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/28/14 | Alec Torres
    Leland Yee should be making national headlines. A Democratic state senator from San Francisco, a statewide candidate until this week, and a rising member of Nancy Pelosi and Diane Feinstein’s Democratic political machine, was arrested on Wednesday by the Justice Department for wire fraud, corruption, and his alleged involvement in illegal gun deal between Chinatown gangsters and Islamist militants. **SNIP** Yet four of the most prominent news outlets in America — CNN, USA Today, Politico and the Chicago Sun-Times — made no mention of the Leland Yee scandal within two days of the story breaking. When Politico finally ran a...
  • Strategy: Reduce violence by taking away Facebook

    04/06/2013 4:05:42 AM PDT · by Anila · 20 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 04/4/13 | Colin Flaherty
    The powerful editorial board of the Chicago Sun-Times has thought long and hard about the epidemic of black mob lawlessness in the Windy City. And one editorial board member has come up with a new way to stop the hyper-violence and killing: Take away their Facebook accounts. Mary Mitchell’s call for a Facebook crackdown breaks other new ground as well: She acknowledges the mobs are black. So she got that much right. Even if it is the official policy of the rest of the paper to ignore – or even deny – the racial component of mob violence. This, of...
  • Chicago Sun Times on Obama Rezko Payoff

    12/22/2011 12:38:23 PM PST · by TPOOH · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 22, 2011 | Lee Cary and Marty Watters
    Last July, two Chicago Sun-Times reporters noted an allegation of "payments made by Rezko to Obama" that surfaced in a deposition involving former Rezko business partner Daniel T. Frawley. Since then, the only follow-up coverage from the Sun-Times has been the sound of crickets. An article dated July 11, 2011, entitled "Ex-Rezko partner's sentencing delayed," announced that Daniel Frawley's sentencing for bank fraud had been postponed, yet again. He came up for sentencing again this week, and -- surprise! -- there's been another postponement. So, how were Frawley and Rezko business partners? It started when Ayham al-Samaraie, an Iraqi-American, college...
  • What Republicans want to cut in federal spending

    02/21/2011 2:56:01 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 11 replies
    Among the biggest flashpoints in the House Republicans’ $1.2 trillion bill for financing federal programs through Sept. 30 are provisions to: † Cut $60 billion from last year’s spending on domestic programs, including education, environmental protection and community services. † Block money to implement President Obama’s health-care overhaul. † Bar federal funds for Planned Parenthood. † Prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from imposing regulations curbing emissions of gases that cause global warming. † Reduce Pell Grants for low-income college students $5.6 billion, which the White House says would reduce the maximum $5,550 grant by $845. † Cut $747 million in...
  • Investors make offer for Chicago Sun-Times (Mesirow, James Tyree: BIG Obama Bundler)

    09/09/2009 10:23:50 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 8 replies · 1,226+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 9-9-09
    The Chicago Sun-Times said that a group of local investors had made a bid to buy the ailing newspaper, which filed for bankruptcy protection in March. The Sun-Times said an investor group called STMG Holdings LLC had offered to buy the Sun-Times Media Group, which includes the flagship newspaper and its sister publications, in a deal worth about 25 million dollars. It said the deal, which would be subject to approval by a bankruptcy court judge, would include up to five million dollars in cash while the investors would take on about 20 million dollars in liabilities. It said the...
  • Chgo Sun-Times Columnist: Tea Party Goers Hate Our Soldiers?

    04/20/2009 6:44:23 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 17 replies · 702+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 4/20/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    In an outrageous calumny, Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg has decided that the nearly one million Americans that attended the tax day tea party protests all across the country must not care about our military veterans. Considering a large number of these very same protesters were military vets, I'd bet that Steinberg's blinkered figuring would come as quite a surprise to them. In his April 17 column Steinberg insists that tax protesters are in reality "speaking out against our military and our vets." Ridiculously, he also tries to make it seem like our founding fathers would be unhappy with the...
  • Chicago Sun-Times files for bankruptcy (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    03/31/2009 8:43:22 AM PDT · by library user · 28 replies · 1,280+ views
    CNN ^ | March 31, 2009 | Staff
    ~ EXCERPT ~ CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) — The company that owns the Chicago Sun-Times and 58 other newspapers and online sites said Tuesday it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
  • Bob Novak Diagnosed With Brain Tumor

    07/28/2008 11:03:21 AM PDT · by mojito · 22 replies · 138+ views
    ABC News ^ | 7/28/2008 | Unattributed
    Syndicated Chicago Sun-Times columnist Robert Novak has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and is being treated in a Boston hospital. Novak issued a statement Monday saying the tumor was found Sunday after he'd been rushed to Brigham and Women's Hospital from Cape Cod, where he was visiting his daughter. Novak said he was suspending his journalistic work for an indefinite, "but God willing, not too lengthy period." His statement did not say if the tumor was malignant. Last week, Novak was given a $50 citation after he struck a homeless man with his black Corvette in Washington. Novak kept...
  • Chgo Sun-Times: Violent White Men 'Not Held Accountable for Their Actions'

    07/10/2008 6:33:21 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 39 replies · 124+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 07/10/08 | Warner Todd Huston
    Did you know that violent white men are never arrested for their actions? The Chicago Sun-Times' Mary Mitchell is sure of it, if you aren't. In another of her typically race baiting articles, Mitchell this time says that any time a white man is engaged in violent behavior, he is let off "to go on his merry way," never to be "held accountable" for his actions. Race monger Mitchell is sure of this, see, because she saw a traffic scuffle between two "old white guys" where no arrests were made by Chicago police. Two "old white guys" let go without...
  • Revised Chicago Sun-Times Ad by Hillary Supporters for McCain

    06/25/2008 11:10:44 AM PDT · by freespirited · 5 replies · 124+ views
        WE OPPOSE YOUR SELECTED NOMINEE TO THE LEADERS OF THE FAILED DEMOCRATIC PARTY: Know that Barack Obama, the candidate that YOU selected to be the Democratic Party's nominee to run for president of the United States in 2008, will have to win the election in November with the votes of those YOU made into half-persons in Michigan and Florida. Know that the candidate that YOU selected will have to win with the votes of the people in states like West Virginia and Kentucky, people he completely ignored during the nomination process. AND KNOW THAT YOUR SELECTED NOMINEE WILL...
  • Obama: I Have A Deep Faith (Obama Says That Fr. Pfleger Is A Moral Compass For Him

    05/29/2008 5:08:56 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 72 replies · 1,323+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 4/5/2004 | Cathleen Falsani
    ... Obama says he reads the Bible, though not as regularly as he'd like, now that he's on the campaign trail. But he does find time to pray. "The biggest challenge, I think, is always maintaining your moral compass." Friends and advisors, such as the Rev. Michael Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina Catholic Church in the Auburn-Gresham community on the South Side, who has known Obama for the better part of 20 years, help him keep that compass, he says.
  • Chgo Sun-Times Columnist Supports Louis Farrakhan, Scolds Obama

    03/03/2008 6:13:05 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 14 replies · 233+ views ^ | 3/3/08 | Warner Todd Huston
    Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell has proven that skin color is deeper than hate in her Sunday column as she scolded Barack Obama for distancing himself from the endorsement of the racist Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan. Mitchell scoffed at Barack's denouncement of Farrakhan as merely a "game" to placate racist white people and tried to pump up the legitimacy of Farrakhan at the same time. Shockingly Mitchell excused every hateful thing ever said by Farrakhan and said that Barack should have "found a way" to accept Farrakhan's endorsement "without denigrating Farrakhan's legacy." Mitchell scolded Barack Obama because he...

    07/16/2007 4:02:42 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 11 replies · 710+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 16, 2007 | Sun-Times' jackass editors
    in our opinion | It's time to set a date to bring our troops home Americans of all political leanings want to understand when our involvement in Iraq will end. We have waited patiently for the positive results the president has repeatedly promised. We have looked for improvements following shifts in military strategy, the approval of benchmarks, the last-ditch surge. No matter how much wishful thinking President Bush indulged in last week in finding "a cause for optimism" in the White House report on progress in Iraq, Americans heard little to give them confidence that things are improving. The president...
  • 'Sun-Times': Cancel That Left Turn (Chicago newspaper says "nevermind")

    07/15/2007 7:46:27 AM PDT · by tlb · 23 replies · 1,895+ views
    Editor and Publisher ^ | July 14, 2007 | Mark Fitzgerald
    CHICAGO Conrad Black, who led the thieving band of executives that put the Chicago Sun-Times pretty far down the road to ruin, had just been convicted in a Chicago federal courthouse, but Publisher John Cruickshank had something more urgent to talk about Friday afternoon in the tabloid's offices. "We're not going to start being a Democratic paper or a liberal paper or a conservative paper or an ideological paper -- we're an independent paper," he said. "We're not going to be a small L liberal paper. We're not going to bind ourselves to a party or ideology in anything." On...
  • 'Chicago Sun-Times' Looks to Redefine Itself as 'Liberal, Working-Class' Paper

    07/11/2007 4:34:53 AM PDT · by toddlintown · 28 replies · 1,002+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | 7-10-2007 | Mark Fitzgerald
    CHICAGO The Chicago Sun-Times is turning left. The tabloid that shifted toward political conservatism under the brief ownership of Rupert Murdoch more than two decades ago now says that it is "rethinking our stance on several issues, including the most pressing issue facing Americans today: Bush's war in Iraq."
  • 'Chicago Sun-Times' Looks to Redefine Itself as 'Liberal, Working-Class' Paper (Mark Steyn gone)

    07/10/2007 6:34:15 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 67 replies · 1,770+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | 7/10/07 | Mark Fitzgerald
    CHICAGO The Chicago Sun-Times is turning left. The tabloid that shifted toward political conservatism under the brief ownership of Rupert Murdoch more than two decades ago now says that it is "rethinking our stance on several issues, including the most pressing issue facing Americans today: Bush's war in Iraq." Under marching orders from Publisher John Cruickshank and Editor in Chief Michael Cooke, new Editorial Page Editor Cheryl L. Reed introduced a new Commentary section Tuesday with a promise to turn the tabloid back into the liberal-leaning paper it was for decades before the Reagan administration. "We are returning to our...
  • Getting a Kick Out of Death--Chicago Sun-Times' religion writer tells Jerry Falwell good riddance

    05/21/2007 6:55:38 AM PDT · by SJackson · 12 replies · 951+ views ^ | May 21, 2007 | Robert Knight
    In many of his talks to Liberty University students, the Rev. Jerry Falwell emphasized the importance of "finishing well." On Tuesday, May 18, he was at the top of his game when he unexpectedly died in the college office where he was planning more expansions of the fast-growing university that he founded in 1971. The Rev. Falwell did a lot of things well, ticking off leftists right up to the end. How else would he have garnered the kind of tribute from a major newspaper's religion writer that was headlined, "Sigh of relief over Falwell death." To make sure no...
  • Light Bulbs That Don't Signify Ideas

    04/29/2007 6:31:17 AM PDT · by Tom D. · 38 replies · 1,378+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | April 29, 2007 | Mark Steyn
    Light Bulbs That Don't Signify Ideas April 29, 2007BY MARK STEYN Sun-Times Columnist Everything's difficult, isn't it? In the Democratic presidential candidates' debate, Sen. Barack Obama was asked what he personally was doing to save the environment, and replied that his family was "working on" changing their light bulbs. Is this the new version of the old joke? How many senators does it take to "work on" changing a light bulb? One to propose a bipartisan commission. One to threaten to de-fund the light bulbs. One to demand the impeachment of Bush and Cheney for keeping us all in the...
  • Mark Steyn: Victor Victorians. A Lesson in Real Morality

    03/18/2007 5:00:40 AM PDT · by Tom D. · 53 replies · 2,026+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | March 18, 2007 | Mark Steyn
    Victor Victorians. A Lesson in Real Morality March 18, 2007 BY MARK STEYN Sun-Times Columnist 'William Wilberforce,'' writes Eric Metaxas in Amazing Grace, "was the happy victim of his own success. He was like someone who against all odds finds the cure for a horrible disease that's ravaging the world, and the cure is so overwhelmingly successful that it vanquishes the disease completely. No one suffers from it again -- and within a generation or two no one remembers it ever existed.'' What did Wilberforce ''cure''? Two centuries ago, on March 25, 1807, one very persistent British backbencher secured the...
  • Mark Steyn: How Gore's massive energy consumption saves the world

    03/04/2007 4:54:02 AM PST · by Tom D. · 113 replies · 3,745+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | March 4, 2007 | Mark Steyn
    How Gore's Massive Energy Consumption Saves the World March 4, 2007 BY MARK STEYN Sun-Times Columnist Stop me if you've heard this before, but the other day the Rev. Al Gore declared that "climate change" was "the most important moral, ethical, spiritual and political issue humankind has ever faced.'' Ever. I believe that was the same day it was revealed that George W. Bush's ranch in Texas is more environmentally friendly than the Gore mansion in Tennessee. According to the Nashville Electric Service, the Eco-Messiah's house uses 20 times more electricity than the average American home. The average household consumes...
  • Mark Steyn: Don't Ruin Economy Over Tiny Temp Rise

    02/11/2007 4:35:19 AM PST · by Tom D. · 70 replies · 2,914+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | February 11, 2007 | Mark Steyn
    Don't Ruin Economy Over Tiny Temp Rise February 11, 2007 BY MARK STEYN Sun-Times Columnist Our Thought For The Week comes from the Boston Globe's Ellen Goodman: "I would like to say we're at a point where global warming is impossible to deny. Let's just say that global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers, though one denies the past and the other denies the present and future." That would be yours truly: the climate holocaust denier. I wrote last week about "global warming," or "cooling," or "climate change," or (the latest term) "climate disruption" -- for...
  • Pelosi a rare example of a woman who 'has it all' (Mark Steyn)

    01/14/2007 4:26:41 AM PST · by Tom D. · 59 replies · 2,730+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 14, 2007 | Mark Steyn
    Pelosi a rare example of a woman who 'has it all' January 14, 2007 BY MARK STEYN Sun-Times Columnist I don't know where they stand on apple pie, but the Democrats have come out for motherhood in a big way. In fact, who needs apple pie when you've got the extra-sugary content of the Washington Post? Last Wednesday, the capital's newspaper of record (now available in print, online and in granulated form) published a column headlined ''Grandma With A Gavel.'' Can you guess which grandma it was, boys and girls? Yes, it was Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has single-handedly, as...
  • The Biggest Story Of Our Time: Self Extinction (Mark Steyn: Its The Demography, Stupid Alert)

    12/24/2006 4:11:13 AM PST · by goldstategop · 115 replies · 3,656+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 12/24/2006 | Mark Steyn
    Suppose for a moment that the birth in Bethlehem that Christians celebrate this week never happened --that it is, as the secularists would have it, mere mumbo jumbo, superstition, a myth. In other words, consider it not as an event but as a narrative. You want to launch a big new global movement from scratch. So what do you use? The birth of a child. If Christianity is just a myth, then it is, so to speak, an immaculately conceived one. On the one hand, what could be more powerless than a newborn babe? On the other, without a newborn...
  • And Merry Xmas To You All (Mark Steyn: Christmas And The Tyranny Of Multicultural Mush Alert)

    12/17/2006 2:27:48 AM PST · by goldstategop · 76 replies · 2,311+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 12/15/2006 | Mark Steyn
    I passed through Shannon Airport in Ireland the other day. They've got a "holiday" display in the terminal, but guess what? It says "Merry Christmas." The Emerald Isle has a few Jews, and these days rather a lot of Muslims, and presumably even a militant atheist or two, but they don't seem inclined to sue the bejasus out of every event in the Yuletide season. By contrast, the Associated Press reports the following from Riverside, Calif.: "A high school choir was asked to stop singing Christmas carols during an ice skating show featuring Olympic medalist Sasha Cohen out of concern...
  • ISG must stand for, uh, Inane Strategy Guesswork (Mark Steyn Nails The Illustrious Seniors Group)

    12/10/2006 2:22:58 AM PST · by goldstategop · 76 replies · 2,408+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 12/10/2006 | Mark Steyn
    Well, the ISG -- the Illustrious Seniors' Group -- has released its 79-point plan. How unprecedented is it? Well, it seems Iraq is to come under something called the "Iraq International Support Group." If only Neville Chamberlain had thought to propose a "support group" for Czechoslovakia, he might still be in office. Or guest-hosting for Oprah. But, alas, such flashes of originality are few and far between in what's otherwise a testament to conventional wisdom. How conventional is the ISG's conventional wisdom? Try page 49: "RECOMMENDATION 5: The Support Group should consist of Iraq and all the states bordering Iraq,...
  • Iraq Is Just Test Of Will For America (Mark Steyn Slams Baker Study Group "Realism" Alert)

    12/03/2006 2:37:59 AM PST · by goldstategop · 97 replies · 2,871+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 12/03/2006 | Mark Steyn
    James Baker's "Iraq Study Group" seems to have been cast on the same basis as Liza Minnelli's last wedding. A stellar lineup: Donna Summer, Mickey Rooney, the Doobie Brothers, Gina Lollobrigida, Michael Jackson, Mia Farrow, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Jill St. John. That's Liza's wedding, not the Baker Commission. But at both gatherings everyone who was anyone was there, no matter how long ago it was they were anyone. So the fabulous Baker boy was accompanied by Clinton officials Leon Panetta and Bill Perry, Clinton golfing buddy Vernon Jordan, Clinton's fellow sex fiend Chuck Robb, the quintessential ''moderate'' Republican...
  • Mark Steyn: Quartet of Ladies Shows Where We're Headed

    11/26/2006 2:30:46 AM PST · by Tom D. · 98 replies · 3,722+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | November 26, 2004 | Mark Steyn
    Quartet of Ladies Shows Where We're Headed November 26, 2006 BY MARK STEYN Sun-Times Columnist Have you seen a movie called ''Four Jills In A Jeep''? Don't worry, it's not at the multiplex. It came out in 1944. A wartime movie, about the contribution of the gals to the big existential struggle. Great title, and downhill after that. This column is, metaphorically speaking, four Jills in a jeep: It's about a quartet of ladies who provide useful glimpses of where we're heading. The first is Fatma An-Najar, a 64-year-old grandmother who had a livelier Thanksgiving than most grandmas. She marked...
  • 'Free to Lose' Isn't Good Philosophy for the Right Wing (Mark Steyn)

    11/19/2006 2:39:53 AM PST · by Tom D. · 118 replies · 2,690+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | November 19, 2006 | Mark Steyn
    'Free to lose' isn't good philosophy for the right wing November 19, 2006 BY MARK STEYN Sun-Times Columnist If Milton Friedman had to die, then a week after the defeat of a Republican Congress that had apparently forgotten every lesson Friedman taught in Free To Choose is eerily apt timing. As it happens, had ill health not intervened, Professor Friedman would have been disembarking round about now from a National Review post-election cruise with yours truly and various other pundits and commentators. Instead, we were obliged to sail without him, and in the days that followed I found myself wondering...
  • Mark Steyn: U.S. Must Prove Its Staying Power (Iraq Test Of US Seriousness Alert Mark Steyn Classic)

    11/12/2006 2:42:23 AM PST · by goldstategop · 138 replies · 2,970+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | November 12, 2006 | Mark Steyn
    On the radio a couple of weeks ago, Hugh Hewitt suggested to me the terrorists might try to pull a Spain on the U.S. elections. You'll recall (though evidently many Americans don't) that in 2004 hundreds of commuters were slaughtered in multiple train bombings in Madrid. The Spaniards responded with a huge street demonstration of supposed solidarity with the dead, all teary passivity and signs saying "Basta!" -- "Enough!" By which they meant not "enough!" of these murderers but "enough!" of the government of Prime Minister Aznar, and of Bush and Blair, and troops in Iraq. A couple of days...
  • Election Season Is Bad Time For Slip Of The Quip (Mark Steyn On Meaning Of Kerry's Quip Alert)

    11/05/2006 2:25:58 AM PST · by goldstategop · 112 replies · 3,902+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 11/05/2006 | Mark Steyn
    My face time with John Kerry has been brief but choice. In 2003, I was at a campaign event in New Hampshire chatting with two old coots in plaid. The senator approached and stopped in front of us. The etiquette in primary season is that the candidate defers to the cranky Granite Stater's churlish indifference to status and initiates the conversation: "Hi, I'm John Kerry. Good to see ya. Cold enough for ya? How 'bout them Sox?" Etc. Instead, Kerry just stood there nose to nose, staring at us with an inscrutable semi-glare on his face. After an eternity, an...
  • Only Choice Is To Win The War Or Lose It (American Moment Can't Be Ceded To 25 Percenters Alert)

    10/29/2006 2:20:47 AM PST · by goldstategop · 35 replies · 1,325+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 10/29/2006 | Mark Steyn
    I was on C-SPAN the other morning, and a lady called in to complain that ''you are making my blood pressure rise.'' Usual reason. The host, Paul Orgel, had asked me what I thought of President Bush and I replied that, whatever my differences with him on this or that, I thought he was one of the most farsighted politicians in Washington. That's to say, he's looking down the line to a world in which a radicalized Islam has exported its pathologies to every corner on Earth, Iran and like-minded states have applied nuclear blackmail to any parties within range,...
  • Fear of Too Many Babies is Hard to Bear - Mark Steyn

    10/22/2006 2:30:56 AM PDT · by Tom D. · 116 replies · 3,429+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | October 22, 2006 | Mark Steyn
    Fear of Too Many Babies is Hard to Bear October 22, 2006 BY MARK STEYN Sun-Times Columnist Last Tuesday morning, in a maternity ward somewhere in the United States, the 300 millionth American arrived. He or she got a marginally warmer welcome than Mark Foley turning up to hand out the prizes at junior high. One could have predicted the appalled editorials from European newspapers aghast at yet another addition to the swollen cohort of excess Americans consuming ever more of the planet's dwindling resources. And, when Canada's National Post announced "'Frightening' Surge Brings US To 300m People," you can...
  • Coverage Of 9/11 Was Too Wimpy (Mark Steyn On The Feminized 9/11 Remembrance Fetish Alert)

    09/17/2006 4:01:16 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 118 replies · 3,204+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 09/17/06 | Mark Steyn
    A lot of the 9/11 anniversary coverage struck me as distastefully tasteful. On the morning of Sept. 12, I was pumping gas just off I-91 in Vermont and picked up the Valley News. Its lead headline covered the annual roll call of the dead -- or, as the alliterative editor put it, "Litany of the Lost." That would be a grand entry for Litany of the Lame, an anthology of all-time worst headlines. Sept. 11 wasn't a shipwreck: The dead weren't "lost," they were murdered. So I skipped that story. Underneath was something headlined "Half a Decade Gone By, A...
  • World Is Watching As Iraq War Tests U.S Mettle (Mark Steyn: Is America Still In It To Win Alert)

    08/20/2006 2:40:27 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 74 replies · 1,640+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 08/20/06 | Mark Steyn
    One way to measure how the world has changed in these last five years is to consider the extraordinary address to his nation by General Musharraf on Sept. 19, 2001. Pakistan was one of just three countries in the world (along with "our friends the Saudis" and the United Arab Emirates) to recognize the Taliban -- and, given that the Pakistanis had helped create and maintain them, they were pretty easy to recognize. President Bush, you'll recall, had declared that you're either with us or you're with the terrorists -- which posed a particular problem for Musharraf: He was with...
  • Pan-Islamism Challenges Idea Of Nation-State (Mark Steyn: Meet The Real Globalists Alert)

    08/13/2006 3:27:00 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 59 replies · 1,787+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 08/13/06 | Mark Steyn
    Here's how an early report by Reuters covered the massive terrorism bust in the United Kingdom. They started out conventionally enough just chugging along with airport closures, arrest details and quotes from bystanders, but then got to the big picture: " 'I'm an ex-flight attendant, I'm used to delays, but this is a different kind of delay,' said Gita Saintangelo, 54, an American returning to Miami. 'We heard about it on the TV this morning. We left a little early and said a prayer,' she said at Heathrow. "Britain has been criticised by Islamist militants for its military campaigns in...
  • Advocates Of "Proportion" Are Just Unbalanced (Mark Steyn On Jihad Denial Syndrome Alert)

    08/06/2006 4:58:15 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 96 replies · 2,375+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 08/06/06 | Mark Steyn
    "Disproportion" is the concept of the moment. Do you know how to play? Let's say 150 missiles are lobbed at northern Israel from the Lebanese village of Qana and the Israelis respond with missiles of their own that kill 28 people. Whoa, man, that's way "disproportionate." But let's say you're a northwestern American municipality -- Seattle, for example -- and you haven't lobbed missiles at anybody, but a Muslim male shows up anyway and shoots six Jewish women, one of whom tries to flee up the stairs, but he spots her, leans over the railing, fires again and kills her....
  • Mark Steyn: Here's a war protest that's hard to stomach

    07/09/2006 2:36:58 AM PDT · by croak · 31 replies · 1,755+ views
    Very old Hollywood joke: Starving beggar with tin cup: ''I haven't eaten for three days.'' Zsa Zsa Gabor: ''Dahlink, I wish I had your will power.'' Up-to-the-minute Hollywood joke, from Agence-France Presse: ''U.S. Stars Align In Anti-Iraq War Hunger Strike. ''Star Hollywood actor-activists including Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon and anti-war campaigners led by bereaved mother Cindy Sheehan plan to launch a hunger strike, demanding the immediate return of U.S. troops from Iraq. ''As Americans get set to fire up barbecues in patriotic celebration of U.S. Independence Day on July 4, anti-war protesters planned to savor a last meal outside...
  • Yusef Jackson invests in first media venture ( Burke buying another paper ? )

    06/30/2006 6:50:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies · 328+ views
    Chicago Business ^ | June 29, 2006 | Gregory Meyer
    Beer distributor Yusef Jackson has finally added a coveted title: publisher... Son of Rainbow/PUSH Coalition leader Rev. Jesse Jackson is attempting to resuscitate Radar, a saucy New York culture magazine that folded last year. He also said he’s hungry for other media properties, including the Chicago Sun-Times, for which he was an unsuccessful suitor in 2004, and possibly properties Tribune Co. sells off as it pares $500 million in assets amid a corporate restructuring. Mr. Jackson declined to say who his co-investors are in Radar. In 2004 he sought to buy the Sun-Times with California billionaire Ron Burkle, but he...
  • U.S. can't 'redeploy' its way out of Iraq

    06/25/2006 2:39:15 AM PDT · by croak · 60 replies · 1,682+ views
    Last week John Kerry revealed his plan to "redeploy" U.S. forces from Iraq. This plan is different from fellow Defeaticrat Jack Murtha's plan to "redeploy" U.S. forces from Iraq to Okinawa, which Congressman Murtha seems to think is in the general neighborhood of Iraq. Iraq's in the Middle East, Okinawa's in the Far East: C'mon, how far can it be to get from the Far to the Middle? After all, the distance between the farthest fringe of the kook left and the center of the Democratic Party seems to be closing up every week. Anyway, Sen. Kerry doesn't want to...
  • Nude Cyclists Are Peddling Threadbare Ideas (Mark Steyn On The Naked Democrats Plight Alert)

    06/18/2006 4:27:43 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 124 replies · 3,497+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 06/18/06 | Mark Steyn
    Perusing reports of this month's World Naked Bike Ride in San Francisco, I was impressed by the way the acres of sagging mottled flesh stayed ruthlessly on message: "RE-ELECT GORE" was the slogan on one man's bottom, as fetchingly dimpled as a Palm Beach chad, while beneath the "GORE" of his butt his upper thighs proudly proclaimed "NO WAR" (left leg) "FOR OIL" (right). "I'D RATHER HAVE THIS BUSH FOR PRESIDENT" read one lady's naked torso with an arrow pointing down to the presidential material in question. What a bleak comment on the bitter divisions in our society that even...