Tom Hagen: Right now we have the unions and we have the gambling and those are the best things to have. But narcotics is a thing of the future. If we don’t get a piece of that action we risk everything we have. Not now, but ten years from now. The Godfather 1972 I've been seeing … Continue reading It’s No Mystery , It’s Still the Tom Hagen Math (and Business)
By John Ruberry For decades, probably since in the advent of rock and roll, America's has been a youth-worshipping culture. In eastern Asia, at least for now, elders are admired and respected, on the other hand. Back to America. Is it a coincidence that four years after Elvis Presley appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show … Continue reading Will 2018 be the year of glamour shots for the Democrats?
By John Ruberry A week ago the Chicago Sun-Times began a high-profile begging campaign with a white splash--a blank sheet of paper--as its front page to draw attention to an op-ed, “Imagine Chicago without the Sun-Times: An urgent appeal.” Or, the editorial could be titled, give us money or the Sun-Times will shut down. "Until … Continue reading Don’t be fooled, the Chicago Sun-Times wants subscriptions to peddle its side of the story, not yours
Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence. John Adams As we continue to see the GOP head for the hills while the left braces for what they believe is going to be a banner year … Continue reading Seven Big Differences between the 2010 Big Red Wave and the expected 2018 “Big Blue Wave”
By John Ruberry Early in Episode One of Flint Town, an eight-entry Netflix series that debuted this month, we discover a murder victim lying in the snow. And we see snowflakes resting unmelted on his hand--the only warmth he will offer can only come from memories from his loved ones. Such is life and death … Continue reading Review of Season One of Flint Town
Jobs are coming back. Wages are going up. Taxes are going down. Consumer spending is at a pre-2007 level. The economy is looking poised to have a strong continuation in 2018 from the progress made in 2017. There are still many things that can derail it quickly, but the biggest risk is born from a … Continue reading The biggest economic threat in 2018 is a power-hungry, Democrat-loving mainstream media
Al Franken's resignation is one thing for the Democrats: part of a strategy. They will pretend to lament, but they realize they're not really losing anything they hadn't already lost when the allegations were first made. He will be replaced by another liberal Democrat, one who doesn't have the baggage Franken has accumulated. Behind closed … Continue reading Al Franken’s resignation just helped the Democrats for the midterm elections
Keep everything hazy in his mind now, and you will have all eternity wherein to amuse yourself by producing in him the peculiar kind of clarity which Hell affords. The Screwtape Letters II Despite some very public divisions and gaffe's over the last week in Virginia Democrats finally got a victory they were looking for and … Continue reading Dems win big in VA & Elsewhere. Where are the GOP riots, tears and genital hats?
In New York's 19th Congressional District (which I used to be a part of before a recent redrawing put me into the 18th instead), Steven Brisee was running among several other Democrats hoping to oust Republican Congressman John Faso from his seat. But Steven Brisee can't seem to stop himself from getting arrested! Steven Brisee … Continue reading After Multiple Arrests, New York Democrat Finally Drops Congressional Bid
By John Ruberry "And it was inevitable that some of these people pushed back..." Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles. Overtaxed residents of Cook County, where Chicago is, are finally waking up. After decades of being slapped by tax after tax--folks are fighting back. Last week the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted to repeal a … Continue reading Long quiet Chicago area taxpayers push back–and win in soda tax battle
The left is getting lefter. There's no doubt the Democratic Party is pushing towards socialism and communism with "independent" Bernie Sanders leading the charge. I hear a lot of conservative commentaries welcoming this lurch. We need to be careful what we wish because, as we all know, voters can be swayed quickly with limited information … Continue reading Don’t get complacent about the Democrats’ leftist lurch. It may work.
By John Ruberry I've written a couple of columns at Da Tech Guy, one here and one here, about Cook County's hated one-cent-per-ounce soda tax championed by County Board President Toni "Taxwinkle" Preckwinkle, a left-wing Democrat. But the question I've been only alluding to here and on my own blog is this one: Why is … Continue reading Crook County, Illinois soda tax is fueling “free” health care, pensions
To answer the first question that pops up in the minds of those reading the headline, I've believed since just after Donald Trump won the election that actor George Clooney would be pressed to enter the presidential race, particularly if President Trump has a successful first term. I'll go into detail about how he's been … Continue reading Why Kamala Harris (or George Clooney) will be the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee
In recent months I've held my tongue regarding President Trump's upcoming proposal for a $1 trillion infrastructure plan. While it goes against my firm beliefs in reining in the federal government and reducing budgets rather than increasing them, it's premature to oppose it wholeheartedly. After all, his promise to make private investments the bulk of … Continue reading If you thought Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan was too big, Democrats say, “hold my beer”
Briefly... There seem to be a lot of Democrats complaining that the leader of the DNC announced there's no room for pro-lifers in his party. Most Democrats are pro-choice, but even many of abortionists are saying that the issue is too polarizing for the party to take such a strict stance that alienates a small portion … Continue reading Of course parties should pick sides on abortion