Boston Marathon: The fans and the runners share the greatest race

By John Ruberry Tomorrow morning the 118th Boston Marathon will begin 26.2 miles from Boston's Back Bay neighborhood in Hopkinton. It will be the most most closely-watched of the Grandaddy of all Marathons because of last year's savage bombings by two Islamist terrorists near the finish on Boylston Street that killed three people and injured … Continue reading Boston Marathon: The fans and the runners share the greatest race

The unreported propane shortage

By John Ruberry Have you heard about the propane shortage? Probably not. Although, despite my headline, it has been reported, albeit by local flyover country media. Stories such as this one offers more evidence on why we need new media. Liquid propane (LP) is a commonly used fuel for home heating in rural areas, where … Continue reading The unreported propane shortage

Rare good news on Illinois corruption

People who follow politics often argue which state is America's corrupt, but my state, Illinois, almost always comes up as one of the contenders for that dis-honor. In this space two months ago I offered my thoughts as to why Illinois is so dominated by mendacious politicians. Now I'm looking at a potential but cure … Continue reading Rare good news on Illinois corruption

Phony GOP candidate reveals Illinois’ illness

By John Ruberry Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has been representing his Southwest Side Chicago district since 1971.  He's been speaker since 1983, except for two years in the 1990s when the Republicans held a majority in Springfield. The district is safely Democratic, especially since he and state Senate President John Cullerton, also a Chicagoan, … Continue reading Phony GOP candidate reveals Illinois’ illness

ObamaCare and the cost of being married

By John Ruberry A week ago my wife was admitted to the hospital because she was experiencing abdominal pains and a high fever. On Tuesday she had her gall bladder removed. She's covered on my employer-based health care plan. December is that last month of the "good old days" for health care, particularly for married … Continue reading ObamaCare and the cost of being married

No transparency: Illinois pension “fix” betrays larger problem in state

By John Ruberry On the day before Thanksgiving word trickled out that the bipartisan legislative committee that has been working since June on a fix for Illinois' worst-funded-in-the-nation public pension system has finally completed their work. Except only the insiders knew the details of the plan to erase the $100 billion pension deficit. The outline … Continue reading No transparency: Illinois pension “fix” betrays larger problem in state

High smoking taxes contribute to Illinois’ grifter culture

Mayor Rahm Emanuel favors adding 75 per pack to Chicago's cigarette taxes. On top of the federal, state, and county fees, this new tax, if enacted, will force Chicagoans to pay $7.42 in taxes--the highest in the nation. As I am the Marathon Pundit, the only smoke you'll see me exhale is the kind that … Continue reading High smoking taxes contribute to Illinois’ grifter culture

Why is Illinois So Corrupt?

Illinois may be the Land of Lincoln, but it is also the land of the corrupt George Ryan, Rod Blagojevich, Tony Rezko, and Jesse Jackson Jr. In Chicago, thirty-one alderman have been convicted of crimes since 1972. From "Honest Abe" to a national joke: What went wrong? The root of the problem is ethnicity and … Continue reading Why is Illinois So Corrupt?

DaTechGuy’s Field Guide to Bloggers: Marathon Pundit

Marathon Pundit is so named because he runs...Marathons There actually seems to be a fair amount of runners in the Blogging world. The entire field guide is available here.