Louisville basketball team deserves “the death penalty”

By John Ruberry Last week I wrote this in my own blog about a scandal-plagued state university in Kentucky: "Is Louisville a college with an athletic program? Or is it an athletic program that offers some college classes?" Late last month the shadowy and corrupt realm of NCAA men's college basketball, whose players are nominally … Continue reading Louisville basketball team deserves “the death penalty”

Deep Corruption: Hiring scandal reveals stench of Illinois government

By John Ruberry You've heard of "Deep State," right? If you haven't, it's the powerful yet anonymous cadre of senior bureaucrats within the federal government who are toiling to undermine President Donald J. Trump. They are "the swamp" Trump wants to drain. In Illinois, where I live, we have Deep Corruption. Last week in my own … Continue reading Deep Corruption: Hiring scandal reveals stench of Illinois government

Chicago’s Southland: The rottenest apple in the corrupt Illinois orchard

By John Ruberry Contained in my inbox this morning was an email from Crain's Chicago Business touting an article by Dennis Rodkin, "Can Chicago's Southland Be Rebuilt?" In short, "probably" is his answer. Mine is "no." Chicago's Southland covers the city's South Side and its southern suburbs, some definitions include the Southwest Side and the southwest … Continue reading Chicago’s Southland: The rottenest apple in the corrupt Illinois orchard

Jesse Jr further disgraces Chicago and himself

By John Ruberry Ann Richards, the last Democratic governor of Texas to date, is wrongly credited with a famous statement about George H.W. Bush, that he was "born on third base and thought he hit a triple." But you can say the same thing about former US Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL), the son of the … Continue reading Jesse Jr further disgraces Chicago and himself

Why is Chicago so corrupt?

By John Ruberry "Decent people shouldn't live here. They'd be happier someplace else." Jack Napier/The Joker in Batman. Often, I'm asked, "Why is Chicago so corrupt?" The short answer? It's always been that way. Now let me expand a bit. Earlier this month the Department of Justice released a report that excoriated the Chicago Police … Continue reading Why is Chicago so corrupt?

Obama’s chickens coming home to roost as he gives Chicago farewell address

By John Ruberry On the Sunday after the 9/11 attacks, Jeremiah Wright, then Obama's pastor, bellowed, "God d--n America" and "America's chickens are coming home to roost" from the pulpit of his Chicago church. Two nights from now President Barack Obama will give his farewell address in Chicago, his adopted hometown. The Hawaii-born 44th president moved … Continue reading Obama’s chickens coming home to roost as he gives Chicago farewell address

The Rot is Bigger Than Clinton or Trump

by baldilocks Most civilians would be surprised to discovered how many liberals and even hard leftists there are in the military. Further, I’d guess that 30-40 percent of those who have served in military intelligence capacities are liberals or leftists. Be advised that I’m going by the political persuasions of my old Air Force intel … Continue reading The Rot is Bigger Than Clinton or Trump

About that Detroit comeback

By John Ruberry Type "Detroit revival" or "Detroit comeback" into your Google search box and you'll collect a lot of hits and discover glowing yarns about the turnaround of what was once one of America's greatest cities. Here's one from Forbes just last week. There is even a Pure Michigan TV commercial about Detroit. But as John … Continue reading About that Detroit comeback

Hastert the latest politician to bring shame to Illinois

By John Ruberry Another politician has shamed the Land of Lincoln. Prosecutors in the bank fraud case against former House Speaker Dennis Hastert filed documents late Friday outlining his sexual abuse of four male students while he was a wrestling coach at Yorkville High School in rural northern Illinois. One of the victims collected over $1 … Continue reading Hastert the latest politician to bring shame to Illinois

Zimbabwean newspaper poster says “Mugabe’s birthday is like that of Jesus Christ”

By John Ruberry Zimbabwean president and kleptocrat Robert Mugabe celebrates his 92nd birthday today with private ceremonies, but later this week a much more lavish affair--previous birthday celebrations have cost $1 million--will be held at the Great Zimbabwe archaeological site. A state-run newspaper, the Sunday Mail, has plastered the nation with yellow-and-black posters that proclaim … Continue reading Zimbabwean newspaper poster says “Mugabe’s birthday is like that of Jesus Christ”

About the whacked-out leader of the world’s newest Islamic republic

By John Ruberry The world has a new Islamic republic. On Friday Gambia's strongman president, Yahya Jammeh, declared the impoverished west African nation that is almost completely surrounded by Senegal, a Muslim state. Other such nations are Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Mauritania--none of which are well-known for freedom or prosperity. Jammeh promises freedom of religion … Continue reading About the whacked-out leader of the world’s newest Islamic republic

One-man crime wave cop was another symptom of Illinois’ disease

By John Ruberry Back in the 1990s, former US Rep Mel Reynolds (D-IL) was described as a one-man crime wave. Until his suicide on September 1, Fox Lake, Illinois police lieutenant Joseph Gliniewicz, was a similar felonious phenomenon. Until last week this was the narrative of the cop nicknamed "GI Joe." The veteran police officer, who … Continue reading One-man crime wave cop was another symptom of Illinois’ disease

An education on the Illinois corruption tax

By John Ruberry Yes, there is a corruption tax in Illinois. It's not an official levy, however--in other words, bribes to public officials aren't taxed. It they were perhaps there would not be a $7 billion backlog of unpaid bills in the Prairie State. What does the corruption tax cost per person? The Northwest Times … Continue reading An education on the Illinois corruption tax

ILL-inois: Gov. Quinn’s “Mr. Clean” reputation is gone

By John Ruberry In his 35-year public career, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has carefully developed a persona as one of the few honest politicians in a state that has seen four of its last eight elected governors serve time in federal prison. When he faced the voters four years ago, Quinn, who twice was the … Continue reading ILL-inois: Gov. Quinn’s “Mr. Clean” reputation is gone

Pat Quinn: Illinois’ phony reformer exposed as a fraud

By John Ruberry Governor Pat Quinn, a Chicago Democrat, has been mostly on the fringes of Illinois politics since the early 1970s. For most of that time he was a minor-league version of Ralph Nader, part consumer advocate, part self-appointed government reformer. Although Nader never held public office, Quinn was state treasurer for a term … Continue reading Pat Quinn: Illinois’ phony reformer exposed as a fraud